Blame Liberals for the Tradition Warfare
– By Howard Sierer –
ST. GEORGE, Utah — “When you hate tradition wars, blame liberals.” So says veteran leftwing journalist Kevin Drum who rose to nationwide prominence writing for the Washington Monthly and Mother Jones, each influential leftwing media retailers.
In a current article, Drum writes: “It’s not conservatives who’ve turned American politics right into a tradition warfare battle. Since roughly the yr 2000, in keeping with survey data, Democrats have moved considerably to the left on most scorching button social points, whereas Republicans have moved solely barely proper.”
He cites knowledge on points from abortion and faith to weapons, same-sex marriage, immigration and taxes that result in “the apparent conclusion that over the previous twenty years Democrats have moved left way over Republicans have moved proper.”
I’ve been saying the same thing for the final 4 years, usually getting pushback from liberals who together with the mainstream media declare that conservatives are the tradition warmongers.
Drum explains that “for most individuals, dropping one thing is much extra painful than the pleasure of gaining one thing of equal worth. And since conservatives are ‘dropping’ the customs and hierarchies that they’ve lengthy lived with, their response is much extra intense than the liberal response towards profitable the adjustments they need.”
In different phrases, when conservatives like me complain loudly about liberals’ speedy leftward shifts, it’s not as a result of our personal positions have shifted proper.
Drum’s article will not be supposed to defend conservatives however to warn the Democratic Celebration of the political risks that consequence from its leftward march. He says the celebration “has been pulled far sufficient left that even a lot of non-crazy folks discover us simply plain scary…Democrats have stoked the tradition wars by getting extra excessive on social points and Republicans have used this to efficiently cleave away a section of each the non-college white vote and, extra not too long ago, the non-college nonwhite vote.”
Drum’s warning was based mostly partly on New York journal’s interview with David Shor, “an information geek who identifies as socialist however is rigorously trustworthy about what the numbers inform us.”
Shor informed the journal that Democrats in 2020 gained about 7 factors amongst white college-educated voters. Help amongst blacks declined by some extent or two and Hispanic help dropped by 8 or 9 factors. This adopted final summer time’s defund-the-police motion. The Democrats had, in Mr. Shor’s phrases, “raised the salience of an ideologically charged concern that thousands and thousands of nonwhite voters disagreed with us on.”
Shor lays it on the road for Democrats fascinated with profitable elections saying, “white liberals have grow to be a bigger and bigger share of the Democratic Celebration,” and noting that whites are “sorting on ideology” greater than nonwhite voters. “We’ve ended up in a scenario the place white liberals are extra left wing than Black and Hispanic Democrats on just about each concern: taxes, well being care, policing, and even on racial points or varied measures of ‘racial resentment.’”
Right here in Southern Utah, this was evidenced by the strident reactions of white liberals who disagreed with my current column titled “Race Relations – Better Than You Think” and with final week’s column, “School Teachers as Political Indoctrinators.”
Shor goes on, “Black conservatives and Hispanic conservatives don’t really purchase into a variety of these mental theories of racism. They usually have a really totally different conception of the right way to assist the Black or Hispanic neighborhood than liberals do.”
His conclusion: “If we polarize the citizens on ideology—or if nationally outstanding Democrats elevate the salience of points that polarize the citizens on ideology—we’re going to lose a variety of votes.”
Drum opines that “the entire woke motion typically” has turned off many average voters. “Ditto for liberal dismissal of crime and issues of safety.” He notes that the white activist class has turned a deaf ear in transferring to this point, so quick to the left. Whereas that has energized the white progressive base, it “dangers outrunning the huge center a part of the nation, which progressive activists appear fully bored with speaking to.”
He concludes: “And for God’s sake, please don’t insult my intelligence by pretending that wokeness and cancel tradition are all simply figments of the conservative creativeness. Certain, they overreact to these things, but it surely actually exists, it truly is a liberal invention, and it actually does make even average conservatives really feel like their complete lives are being held as much as a highlight and located wanting.”
As a type of average conservatives – often chastised as excessive rightwing by leftist readers – I’m happy to see not less than two “woke” leftists “woke up” as to how far they and their fellow vacationers have raced to the intense.
I be a part of with rising numbers of blacks and Hispanics in echoing one-time Democrat Ronald Reagan when he stated, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic Party left me.”